Life Technologies of Carlsbad, Calif, has received US Patent No. 8,545,248, "System to control fluid flow based on a leak detected by a sensor." The patent describes a system that includes a communication interface to couple to a sensor cartridge, a fluidic subsystem to exchange a reagent solution with the sensor cartridge, and a computational circuitry coupled to the communication interface and the fluidic subsystem.

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